I’ve heard in your videos you reference Hebrews 10:26, a truly terrifying passage. Sometimes I still stumble backwards into sin, and at times it seems like I’ll never get out. So, is Hebrews 10:26 just for the Jews, or for us too? Some people say it was written to a certain group of Jews but I don’t know if I believe that. What are your thoughts?
Brother, you contacted me in order to help you stop sinning. Did you reject the truth before that point? Lets take another look at this passage.
26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. NKJV
At what point did you “receive the knowledge of the truth” as it is mentioned in verse 26 above, and then reject it? I can’t find but just a few people even willing to hear the truth in this country, much less preach it. Are you telling me that you have heard the things we have covered so far, and have rejected them? I think not. The people who told you that Hebrews is only for the Jews have rejected it, but not you.
That passage of scripture has caused in you what it should cause in every Christian; the fear of God, which is used to perfect holiness.
2 Corinthians 7:1
1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. NKJV
You’ve probably heard that “all fear is of the devil.” That’s a lie. The truth is that all churches should be living in the fear of the Lord, but most have rejected that too, and they will receive their due unless they repent.
31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. NKJV
1 Peter 1:17-19
17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. NKJV
Many are quick to say that “perfect love cast out fear,” in keeping with 1 John 4:18, but they have no idea that this passage is speaking about our love being perfected, and not God’s love for us. Get this. Only those who “keep the Word” have the love of God perfected in them (verse:5 below). So, how can we say that love has been perfected in us, and has cast out our fear, if we not only “do not keep the Word of God,” but also reject parts of it?
1 John 2:3-10
3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
7 Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. 8 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.
9 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. 10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. NKJV
The person who “loves” is also the person who has “no cause for stumbling in himself” (verse 10 above). Now look at the passage below, which is out of the same book (1 John), and notice who he is talking about that has not yet been made perfect in love.
1 John 4:17-21
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.
20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. NKJV
So, yes continue to read Hebrews and every other book in the New Testament, because the fear that the verses place in us is exactly what we need in order to complete the course. Check this passage out, which again is out of the same book (1 John).
1 John 3:4-9
4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. NKJV
Can we continue in sin and say that we know Jesus according to verse 6 above? Read it again. 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Now, you can see why it is so ludicrous to think that if a Christian ignores the book of Hebrews, that everything will just be okay in the end. No, it won’t.
Those who ignore Hebrews and teach others to do so, have to ignore many other passages of scripture that do not fit the doctrine they have come to believe. They have rejected the Word of God, and so they will not make it my friend, unless they repent.
Take a look at this, and ask yourself will anyone who does not come to know Jesus make it (Matthew 7:21-23)?
21 “Not everyone who says to Me,’Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ NKJV
If we believe and trust Jesus Christ, then we believe that we must come to know Him or we won’t make it, according to what Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23, and Luke 13:22-28.
How do we come to know Jesus? I was told that as soon as we ask Him into our hearts we know Him, but what does the Word of God say?